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Molecules 2018, 23(9), 2363;

Unexpected Resistance to Base-Catalyzed Hydrolysis of Nitrogen Pyramidal Amides Based on the 7-Azabicyclic[2.2.1]heptane Scaffold

Laboratory of Organic and Medicinal Chemistry, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
Department of Chemistry, St John’s College, University of Cambridge, St John’s Street, Cambridge CB2 1TP, UK
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Academic Editor: Michal Szostak
Received: 25 August 2018 / Revised: 10 September 2018 / Accepted: 12 September 2018 / Published: 15 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Amide Bond Activation)
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Non-planar amides are usually transitional structures, that are involved in amide bond rotation and inversion of the nitrogen atom, but some ground-minimum non-planar amides have been reported. Non-planar amides are generally sensitive to water or other nucleophiles, so that the amide bond is readily cleaved. In this article, we examine the reactivity profile of the base-catalyzed hydrolysis of 7-azabicyclo[2.2.1]heptane amides, which show pyramidalization of the amide nitrogen atom, and we compare the kinetics of the base-catalyzed hydrolysis of the benzamides of 7-azabicyclo[2.2.1]heptane and related monocyclic compounds. Unexpectedly, non-planar amides based on the 7-azabicyclo[2.2.1]heptane scaffold were found to be resistant to base-catalyzed hydrolysis. The calculated Gibbs free energies were consistent with this experimental finding. The contribution of thermal corrections (entropy term, –TΔS) was large; the entropy term (ΔS) took a large negative value, indicating significant order in the transition structure, which includes solvating water molecules. View Full-Text
Keywords: non planar amide; base-catalyed hydrolysis; water solvation; entropy non planar amide; base-catalyed hydrolysis; water solvation; entropy

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Ocampo Gutiérrez de Velasco, D.A.; Su, A.; Zhai, L.; Kinoshita, S.; Otani, Y.; Ohwada, T. Unexpected Resistance to Base-Catalyzed Hydrolysis of Nitrogen Pyramidal Amides Based on the 7-Azabicyclic[2.2.1]heptane Scaffold. Molecules 2018, 23, 2363.

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